About 30 miles southwest of Pyongyang, the “special city” of Nampo is the marine gateway to Pyongyang, situated near the mouth of the Taedong River. Originally a small fishing village, it has become a major shipbuilding, industrial and transportation hub. Nampo’s West Sea Barrage is a vast system of dams, locks and sluices that separates the Taedong River from the Yellow Sea, keeping salt water out and allowing more river traffic to reach Pyongyang. It was designed and built from 1981 to 1986 and is a highlight of Nampo.
PUBLISHED: April 3, 2014